Today, February 11, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three Coin Set featuring the 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters.
The Great Smoky Mountains Quarter features a depiction of a historic log cabin located within the park. A split rail fence appears before the image with a segment of the lush green forest behind and a hawk circling above. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Renata Gordon.
The three coin set includes uncirculated versions of the quarter struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints with a proof version struck at the San Francisco Mint. The coins are mounted on a plastic card containing an image from the park on the front and issuance information on the back.
The Great Smoky Mountains Quarter Three Coin Set is priced at $9.95. There are no stated product limits or household ordering limits.
This product type is also offered through the US Mint’s online subscription program and is eligible for a 10% discount.
The US Mint has offered three coin sets for each release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. All of the sets, with the sole exception of the El Yunque set, still remain available for sale at the US Mint. The set issued in the previous year have reached sales ranging from a low of 13,184 to a high of 17,001 units, based on the latest sales report published today.
Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Mockups
At a meeting held today, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will be discussing a 24 karat gold 2014 Kennedy Half Dollar special product, which is being considered to mark the 50th anniversary of the series. Ahead of the meeting, the US Mint provided mockups for two different versions of the potential 24 karat gold coin.
The first mockup includes the dual date “1964-2014” which would represent the first year of the series and the 50th anniversary year. This is reminiscent of the Kennedy Half Dollars produced in 1975 and 1976 which contained the dual date of “1776-1976” to represent the nation’s bicentennial dates.
The second mockup contains only the current date “2014”.
Both designs are shown to carry the “W” mint mark to indicate production at the West Point Mint. Mockups of the reverse were not provided.
As mentioned previously, Coin Update News will have coverage of the CCAC meeting and any additional details about the 2014 24 karat Gold Kennedy Half Dollar which emerge, followed by additional coverage and discussion here on Mint News Blog.